Each week of the NFL season, The Baltimore Sun will rank all 32 NFL teams. The rankings will take into account not just weekly performance, injuries and roster depth, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders.
Here are the rankings heading into Week 3:
1. San Francisco 49ers (2-0, No. 1 last week)
— Week 2: Win vs. Rams, 30-23
— Up next: vs. Giants
It wasn’t a dominant showing against Los Angeles, but it was enough for the 49ers to earn a ninth straight regular-season win over their NFC West rivals. Two late interceptions by Isaiah Oliver and Deommodore Lenoir sealed the deal, while Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel powered the offense with a combined 154 rushing and receiving yards. If quarterback Brock Purdy remains steady, San Francisco should be the favorite in the NFC.
2. Dallas Cowboys (2-0, No. 2)
— Week 2: Win vs. Jets, 30-10
— Up next: at Cardinals
The Cowboys’ defense predictably dominated against overmatched quarterback Zach Wilson, sacking him three times and recording three interceptions. But the offense left a lot to be desired, going 2 for 6 in the red zone and averaging 3 yards per carry. While it was a terrific performance from quarterback Dak Prescott (31 for 38 for 255 yards and 2 TDs) and wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (11 catches for 143 yards), Dallas did not get much from running back Tony Pollard and their other skill-position players. That could be a problem against elite teams.
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